Integrity

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip. In his inimitable manner Will Rogers captured the essence of living a life of integrity. Integrity is not an act, it is not some game, or what we do in public … integrity means that we are the same whether in public or not. One of my mentors, Fred Barshaw would say that we need to be integrated to have integrity – every part of our life must inform and shape every other part in a grand wholeness.

I think that’s what Paul has in mind in his various calls to living a life that is worthy of the Gospel (Phil. 1:27) – especially as he expects it whether he is there to see or if he is “absent” from them. The same thought seems to be found in Philippians 2:12 which is a call to obey “not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling”.

No matter how I define it, my integrity is still tested by what I do when no one is looking – when I think no one can see. And hopefully in the public life I live someone might see some fruits of that integrity. I’m not sure I want to write any more.  

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One response to “Integrity

  • Eric Olsen

    Great post. I say that people should live in such a way that they are proud of eveything they do and don’t need to feel ashamed about anything. You can feel great about yourself when you’ve got no secrets or nothing to hide.

    Eric 🙂

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